Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a tweet that Democratic New York Rep. Joe Crowley is planning to run against her as a third party candidate.
Crowley, who lost to her in a Democratic primary last month, denied that he is running against her.
.@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy.
Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 12, 2018
Crowley responded, “The race is over and Democrats need to come together. I’ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I’m not running.”
Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together. I’ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I’m not running. We’ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I’d like to connect but I’m not willing to air grievances on Twitter. https://t.co/hxEeWEpI2O
— Joe Crowley (@JoeCrowleyNY) July 12, 2018
He sent out a follow-up tweet saying that he was honored to have been nominated by the Working Families Party, but will not be running. A New York Times article linked in her tweet, a Crowley campaign official re-iterated that “he is not running for Congress and supports the Democratic nominee in NY-14.”
Neither Ocasio-Cortez or Crowley responded for comment for this article.